Brexit Committee Update October 2020

Brexit Committee News Update – October 2020 Update

Following XMA’s most recent Brexit meeting, we are delighted to submit an update to our customers and suppliers regarding our plans for Brexit. Our preparations are based on the assumption that there will be no European Free Trade Agreement in place by 1 January 2021.

Potential Delays

Whilst it is widely recognised that there will be delays at Channel ports and those heading to Ireland, XMA is working with our major vendors and distributors to mitigate such delays creating new routes of delivery. Whilst this will only be partially successful, together with XMA’s increased warehouse capacity and planning with each supplier – we trust that we can avoid any material delays. Consultation with customers have shown them to be more sanguine about these hold-ups which are unlikely to affect the normal flow of business materially.
Customers with orders due around 31st December should engage with your XMA account manager asap to ensure these can be managed and prioritised to ensure they delivered prior to cut-off.


Our vendors are improving their ability to provide accurate codes and countries of origin. 99% of XMA products now have commodity codes stored in our product database (or the UNSPC code which is a close approximation) and have been looked up on both the UK General Tariff and the EU Common External Tariff with almost all currently displaying no tariff. Some 3D printing products are affected.
These tariffs could change in the months ahead, and we will keep customers informed of any tariff introductions as soon as we can. Any tariffs incurred will be recharged to the customer.


XMA has progressed its discussions and application to have a bonded warehouse within the Andover facility. These preparations are continuing and our systems are being updated. This will allow goods to remain in Europe with the confines of our UK facilities and effectively be imported into the UK at point of order by UK customers whilst allowing European customers/orders to be transacted speedily.


XMA can supply into Ireland through our parent company and main distribution partner Westcoast and we are able to utilise Westcoast Ireland’s own distribution agreements to purchase goods direct from our main vendors and then store in Westcoast’s Ireland’s Tallaght warehouse. This may help with large projects, run-rate skus and CTO/bespoke product orders. Please contact us for further details.

International Shipping

XMA are already experts in shipping to the EU – Ireland or Mainland Europe – and are working with a number of freight forwarders to provide services for all UK customers concerned about shipping internationally. Paperwork, tariffs, VAT deferment, regulations can all be handled by XMA’s specialist partners. The EU will be implementing full border formalities on 1 Jan 2021(the UK are phasing them in over 6 months) which means that customers need to be ready.

We will be announcing our standard processes shortly allowing any customer to engage our skills and services. However, if you want a more strategic conversation on how XMA can handle all such shipments on your behalf, engage with your account manager and our team will be in touch.

Other Changes

There are a number of other changes – e.g. the new UKCA safety mark replacing the EU’s CE mark or the recognition of professional qualifications and intellectual property. These internal Westcoast Group matters are being assessed and customers are advised to examine any areas that may be affected.

Two good external sources of information providing a checklist of areas to examine are:

The British Chambers of Commerce: Brexit Checklist.pdf 

EY – 100 Days To Go Readiness Guide: 

All questions or feedback are welcome by email: